By Eric Althoff
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Stantec and ICON Architectural Group are partnering on the design for the 28,000-square-foot Materials Exploration and Advanced Materials Processing Facility (MatEx) at the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), where researchers will conduct inquiries into such subjects as advanced carbon-based materials, biomass process, and critical minerals process and production. Many existing EERC buildings will be removed as part of the plan for the contemporary science education facility.
The MatEx facility will offer a fuels processing area in addition to its four demonstration plants. The building will also host a two-story office and locker space to support research staff and administrators.
Stantec principal Travis Sage said that his firm has worked for years with UND, and this collaboration will push the envelope in terms of materials and fuels research.
“The new MatEx will support the EERC’s need to scale its research of discoveries that will help contribute to a more sustainable future economy.”
Stantec is a top 10 design firm as ranked by Engineering News Record and Architectural Record, as well as the #1 A/E firm by Building Design + Construction for 10 years running.